All our lives we are taught how to live.
How to walk, talk, eat, and to sit.
How to obey and fall in line.
How to read and write.
How to cook and to clean.
We are taught to always strive for excellence,
and not to accept anything else.
We are taught how to be competitive,
to do anything in order to win
and how to cry from our failures when we lose
We are taught to be doctors and lawyers,
pilots, surgeons, and scientists;
But never writers, dreamers, creators
peacemakers, listeners, or friends.
We are taught how to envy those who are better than us
and to hate and to punish
ourselves for not being like them.
We are taught to be proper Christians.
How to pray every day and night;
pray when we're in trouble and when we're sick,
when we want a scholarship;
Pray pray pray!
We are taught that the aim of our life is
to grow up to become a lawyer or a doctor.
Marry a lawyer or a doctor.
Have beautiful smart kids,
who become lawyers or doctors.
Go to a good church and have a perfect life,
be a perfect husband and obey like a perfect
Nothing more, nothing less.
But we are never taught how to be young
How to make mistakes and learn from them.
How to embrace our flaws.
Knowing that perfection is unattainable.
How to not know what we want to be when
we grow up.
How to be different, to be free with our sexuality;
Not judging each other for who we are.
How to really experience love and heartache;
that life is not a competition
and the point of living life is not to be like everyone else,
but to be ourselves
Not living up to other people's expectations of what you should
Or shouldn't be.
We should be taught how to deal with our anxiety and depression,
not being pushed so hard that suicide becomes an escape for us.
We should be taught to appreciate our lives
and to live it up to the best of our abilities
We should be told that the world is our canvas
and we can paint whatever we want all over it.
So society, mothers and fathers, teachers, pastors,
friends, and relatives,
the people who care about our so-called well
stop putting us in a box, stop labeling us,
stop controlling, us stop telling us-
How to live our lives.